MP Liz Cheney (R-WY) has created a new position for herself along with a new conspiracy theory about Donald Trump.
Cheney, who was voted out of her leadership position as chair of the GOP conference by a voice voting meeting on Wednesday, told NBC News of her new leadership role: “I intend to be the leader, one of the leaders to help restore our party. "
She added a new crease in the shape of a conspiracy theory, saying that former President Donald Trump was ready to "untangle democracy in order to come back to power".
Cheney has criticized Trump over and over again in recent months, stating that the continued influence Trump has on the GOP is "very dangerous" and "a personality cult".
Liz Cheney has been officially ousted from her position as chair of the GOP conference and says she does not feel "betrayed" by her party. Http://t.co/dh7jQfU0d8
– Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) May 13, 2021
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Cheney too divisive for leadership
Cheney's fall from the GOP leadership resulted from her constant attacks on popular Trump. During her interview with NBC, Cheney said, "Silence is not an option." She continued
"For reasons I don't understand, my party's leaders decided to hug the former president who launched this attack. And I think you've watched the former president get more aggressive and vocal over the past few months and the Lie forced, and I think that's really important for people to understand. This is not about looking backwards. This is about the current, real-time potential damage that it is doing and that it is continuing to do. "
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Cheney added, "He's not fit. He may never be near the Oval Office again."
Cheney also had words for House minority leader Kevin McCarthy, saying that she believes he is "not leading with principle and I think that's sad and I think it's dangerous".
Aside from Trump support, the main focus within the GOP is currently on the 2022 midterm elections and regaining the House and Senate.
Republicans clearly felt that Cheney, who attacked popular Republican Trump, was distracting that target.
This point was reiterated somewhat by the Chairman of the Republican Studies Committee, Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN). "We all agree behind a single mission to win back the majority and from the way the voting went it showed that 99% of our members are focused on that, so it's time to move on."
"I think he's not leading by principle right now," said Rep. Liz Cheney this morning of Kevin McCarthy, the minority chairman of the House. "I think it's sad and I think it's dangerous." https://t.co/Rvl1zWBM91
– POLITICO (@politico) May 13, 2021
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Cheney is not alone in her opposition to Trump
Liz Cheney is not alone in believing that Donald Trump is the death knell for the Republican Party.
A recent report by Reuters says that more than 100 former Republican officials are threatening to form a third party if the GOP fails to see the mistake of its ways and breaks ties with Trump.
The A Call for American Renewal group is made up of former Bush White House officials, members of Congress, and others known for their never-trumpet demeanor.
Neither is Cheney the only member of the House of Representatives to vote for the indictment against Trump, which will be a primary challenge in 2022. Of the ten members who voted for the indictment, five have challengers.
However, others who have criticized Trump in the past have remained silent about Cheney's removal. Senate minority chairman Mitch McConnell had no comment for reporters when asked about Cheney and said nothing in the Senate Wednesday morning.
Utah Senator Mitt Romney, also a fierce critic of Trump, tweeted Wednesday morning: "If Liz Cheney is expelled from the leadership, the GOP will not get an extra voter, but it will cost us some."
After the fall of Liz Cheney, the future of the "old guard" GOP hangs in the balance. https://t.co/VlT7z8drtO pic.twitter.com/zZw1v42rNx
– Newsmax (@newsmax) May 13, 2021
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What's next for Liz Cheney?
Even with two challengers for her seat next year, Cheney says she fully intends to run for re-election in 2022. She also told NBC News that a separate presidential election was not ruled out.
Until then, she is “very focused on making sure that our party becomes a party again that stands for truth and stands for basic conservative principles. And mostly stands for the constitution and I won't let the former president or anyone else unravel democracy. Whatever it takes. "
But is Liz Cheney missing the direction the Republican Party is going based on what voters said in voting for and continuing to support Donald Trump? It certainly makes her the media's new best friend.
Have the people in Wyoming and the rest of the nation say loud enough that they are tired of old-school Republicans, who give in as Democrats and look for people with new ones, join in with blood and a fire in the gut?
Liz Cheney may have won the fight by being the one currently in office, but Donald Trump could win the war.
. @ mschlapp:
"Liz Cheney has been distracted by Trump Derangement Syndrome."
– Trish Regan (@trish_regan) May 12, 2021
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